The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – August 29, 2020 (8/29/20)

Welcome to the NBA Rundown for FanDuel and DraftKings contests on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Core Plays

Top Stud

Nikola Vucevic ($9,000 FD/$9,200 DK)– On Wednesday when this slate first was supposed to take place I debated between Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden for my top stud play on this slate. As the past couple of days have unfolded the debate has switched to LeBron James or Antetokounmpo as the extra three days of rest has made Russell Westbrook a lock to play today and I am no longer interested in Harden. I really cannot decide between James or Antetokounmpo as my top player on this slate so I decided not to talk about either of those players and talk about my third-favorite stud on this slate and one that I feel is likely going to fly under the radar a bit in Vucevic. Vucevic doesn’t get the recognition he deserves as he has been one of the best players in these playoffs. Vucevic has three 30/10 games in the four games this series and is averaging 29.5 points, ten rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals+blocks, and 52.13 DraftKings points.

Top Mid-Tier

C.J. McCollum ($8,000 FD/$8,100 DK)– McCollum’s salary raised since this slate was supposed to play on Wednesday but even at a slightly higher price tag he is my top dollar for dollar play on this slate as Damian Lillard is out. This season when not sharing the court with Lillard, McCollum has seen a 7.8% increase in usage to 33.9% and is averaging 1.21 fantasy points per minute. In the nine games that Lillard has missed completely that McCollum has played over the past two seasons, McCollum is averaging 31.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.6 steals+blocks, and 52.99 fantasy points.

Top Value

Gary Clark ($4,300 FD/$4,200 DK)– Danuel House was my top value play on Wednesday but with Russell Westbrook back I don’t love him as much as I do Clark. Clark has started each of the Magic’s four games in this series with Aaron Gordon who left the bubble out and has played well with averages of nine points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.8 steals+blocks. Clark has at least 19 FanDuel points in each of those games and there really is no reason to believe he doesn’t hit that mark again in this one.

Cheat Sheets

Today’s Cheat Sheets show anyone that I currently have over 35% exposure to on this slate.

$ TierPGSGSFPFC
High
Giannis Antetokounmpo
(11.3k / 61.41)
(11.5k / 58.66)
(56 / 59.24)
(19.9k / 61.41)
Nikola Vucevic
(9.2k / 46.13)
(9k / 44.05)
(40 / 44.50)
(16.9k / 46.13)
LeBron James
(10.8k / 53.05)
(10.6k / 50.67)
(51 / 51.18)
(19k / 53.05)
Medium
Chris Paul
(8.1k / 39.66)
(8.2k / 37.88)
(34 / 38.26)
(14.8k / 39.66)
C.J. McCollum
(8.1k / 40.47)
(8k / 38.65)
(32 / 39.04)
(14.9k / 40.47)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
(7.4k / 36.48)
(7.7k / 34.84)
(30 / 35.19)
(13.9k / 36.48)
Low
Eric Bledsoe
(5.8k / 30.97)
(5.8k / 29.58)
(20 / 29.88)
(11.7k / 30.97)
Gary Trent Jr.
(4.8k / 26.13)
(4.5k / 24.96)
(10 / 25.21)
(9.5k / 26.13)
Carmelo Anthony
(5.9k / 31.90)
(5.5k / 30.47)
(21 / 30.77)
(11.6k / 31.90)
Jeff Green
(5.4k / 20.82)
(5.1k / 19.88)
(16 / 20.08)
(10.1k / 20.82)
Hassan Whiteside
(4.9k / 32.96)
(4.9k / 31.48)
(17 / 31.80)
(9.7k / 32.96)
Markelle Fultz
(5.1k / 28.40)
(5.4k / 27.12)
(18 / 27.39)
(10.1k / 28.40)
Danilo Gallinari
(6.3k / 30.85)
(5.5k / 29.46)
(22 / 29.76)
(12.5k / 30.85)
Gary Clark
(4.2k / 20.36)
(4.3k / 19.44)
(10 / 19.64)
(8.6k / 20.36)
Evan Fournier
(5.4k / 30.42)
(5.3k / 29.05)
(20 / 29.34)
(10.4k / 30.42)

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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